Anita Diamant and Lois Lowry Among Award-winning Authors at Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels Gala

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Scribbles to Novels Gala on May 11, 2015 to Honor MFS Investment Management While Spreading Awareness for High-Quality Early Learning

We are incredibly grateful to honoree MFS Investment Management, our featured authors, sponsors, and Host Committee for building much needed awareness around the importance of high-quality early education.

Tonight, Jumpstart will bring together prominent authors, celebrities, and leaders for the Scribbles to Novels Gala at the InterContinental Boston. Jumpstart, a national early education organization, helps young children living in under-resourced communities develop the essential skills needed in order to start kindergarten prepared to succeed, setting them on a path of lifelong success.

Guests will be treated to views of the Boston Harbor while enjoying cocktails, author book signings, an engaging dinner program featuring a transformative story from one of Jumpstart’s college student volunteers, and a panel discussion highlighting the importance of literature and education in the lives of a number of award-winning authors. Featured authors include, Anita Diamant, author of The Boston Girl and The Red Tent; Lois Lowry, author of The Giver and Number the Stars; Marja Mills, author of The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee; Willa Perlman, author of Pocket Kisses and Good Night, World; and Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot’s Wife and The Weight of Water.

In addition to featured authors, Jumpstart will welcome members of the Scribbles to Novels Author’s Circle, Ron Della Chiesa, author of Radio My Way, and Paul Reynolds, author of Going Places.

This year, Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels will honor MFS Investment Management, a premier global money management firm, for their many years of service as an advocate and supporter of Jumpstart. For the past 10 years, MFS has been the largest corporate partner for Jumpstart’s programs in Massachusetts and has donated more than $2.75 million to support Jumpstart’s mission.

“From company-wide supply drives and volunteer reading programs, to the firm’s generous and consistent financial support, MFS’s support of Jumpstart is immeasurable. Through MFS’s incredible support over the last decade, Jumpstart has grown more than twenty-fold in Boston from serving just 60 children in 2005 to more than 1,700 this year, helping them develop the language, literacy, and social-emotional skills needed to be successful in kindergarten,” said Mark Reilly, Regional Vice President at Jumpstart.

“We are incredibly grateful to our honoree, MFS Investment Management, our featured authors, sponsors, and Host Committee for building much needed awareness around the importance of high-quality early education. It is truly an honor to have so many prominent members of the Boston community support Jumpstart’s vision for the future of early learning,” Reilly continued.

Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels is a unique fundraising event that celebrates the power of the written word while underscoring the importance of literature in children’s lives. This year, the gala will bring together over 400 supporters and aims to raise more than $500,000 in support of Jumpstart’s programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.


Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all children. By participating in Jumpstart’s year-long program, children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained 36,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of 76,000 preschool children nationwide. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter at @Jumpstartkids.

MFS is a premier global money management firm with investment offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. The firm’s history dates back to March 21, 1924, and the establishment of the first US “open-end” mutual fund. MFS manages $360 billion in assets on behalf of individual and institutional investors worldwide.

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